Hump Day Update: November 4th, 2015

by Rachel A.G. Gilman

Via Marisa Hagerty at
Via Marisa Hagerty at

Welcome to Hump Day Update, the place to find out everything you need to know about what’s been going on in the entertainment world for the week. I’m Rachel A.G. Gilman. But enough about me, let’s get to the news.

NBC is hoping to put some life back into its comedy line-up at the end of this month, starting with two new shows staring familiar faces, one of which is “Superstore,” about a group of employees at a big-box store. I hope I wasn’t the only one who saw the preview and yelled at the television, “why is Ugly Betty doing Kmart commercials?”

Demi Lovato might be in hot water this week. Brooklyn noise pop duo Sleigh Bells is accusing her of stealing their beats from their song “Infinity Guitars” for her song “Stars.” I’m not going to take sides in this dispute other than to say beats, just like descriptions brainstormed in Gallatin writing classes, can usually be sourced back to an indie Brooklyn band.

Speaking of song writing credits, I’ll be the millionth person to make the joke our pal Taylor Swift has got some bad blood with people after her recent legal troubles. Specifically, Jesse Graham, an R&B singer who claims she ripped off his lyrics from his song “Haters Gonna Hate” in her song “Shake It Off.” Well, Taylor, will you just follow your own advice and shake this off too before the media had too much fun?

CBS announced on Monday that they will be issuing a reboot of “Star Trek” in January 2017 which will only be available via their new paid online streaming service, All Access, but I’m more excited as to how blatantly they will inevitably self promote the series through their other network show, “The Big Bang Theory.”

This week, Drake got his fangirl on by posting a photo on Instagram where he mentioned One Direction and Harry Styles. Other fangirls on the Internet of course began to freak out at learning the rapper is really just one of them. Maybe 1D will comment back with a cover of “Hotline Bling” (and a less ridiculous music video)?

ABC premiered “Wicked City” this week, staring Ed Westwick (previously Chuck Bass on “Gossip Girl”) in the leading role. The premier flopped. Critics say it was due to the poor script and mildly disgusting plotline, but my money is on the fact Westwick waited too long to use his prior fame to draw a crowd. I talk to freshmen these days and they’ve never even heard of “Gossip Girl.” Oh, the perils of losing my youth!

Sia released information about her new album including the release date, title, and cover art, explaining that most of the songs on the album will be rejected material she wrote for other artists. It also kind of looks like the mannequin wig featured in the cover art might’ve been a reject.

AMC has unsurprisingly renewed “The Walking Dead” for a seventh season, which is slated to start in late 2016, a wise move because of its popularity. I guess there really is no end for a series all about people who have already died, right?

And finally, this past weekend was Halloween, meaning all of your favorite celebrities were out and about dressed up in cool costumes while you were out and about likely dressed as your favorite celebrity or the character their play. Best costume award is going to Katy Perry, who went as a literal mic drop and posted a punny video on Instagram to boot, re-establishing my faith that there are more interesting costumes out there than “girl in lingerie wearing cat ears” (the most popular get-up on my Facebook feed).

Hope you enjoyed this week! See you back here next Wednesday.

Rachel A.G. Gilman is a Highlighter Staff Columnist. Email her at


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